The laws of Indigenous Peoples are part of Canada’s Constitution. They present alternative views of our nation’s foundations, contemporary status and future state. They also offer alternative governance choices, setting out how Canadians can govern themselves in the years ahead.
Dr. John Borrows, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law, is studying how Indigenous Peoples learn and practice law in relation to land and water, and how revitalized Indigenous decision-making, advocacy and environmentally informed law-making can enhance Canada’s Constitution. In particular, he and his research team are examining Canada’s Constitution through the lens of Anishinaabe law to explore the future of Indigenous courts, treaty rights and land- and water-based legal education and practice.